Muslims condemned it as well

By Mohammed Amin, January 15, 2015

Few British Muslims had heard of Charlie Hebdo before last Wednesday.

Of those who had, almost none would be fans of the magazine. Personally, I found some of its cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) moderately amusing ("100 lashes if you don't die of laughter") and others just deplorable bad taste.


Offended by freedom of speech? That's life

By Oliver Kamm, January 15, 2015

"Why is freedom of expression deemed more important than Jewish lives?" asked Melanie Phillips in The Times this week. Her argument was that Western commentators were failing to report the virulent antisemitism at the heart of the Islamist terrorists' campaign of violence.


Tweeting our sympathy

January 15, 2015

As news of the attack on the Parisian kosher supermarket broke last week, social media was flooded with messages of support for the victims.


We must expose extremism as a desecration of God's name

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, January 15, 2015

I have been to Paris on many occasions in the past. But, as I stepped off the Eurostar at Gare du Nord last Sunday, it was palpably different.


French Jews are not packing their bags

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, January 15, 2015

"Je suis Charlie. Je suis Juif. Je suis Français." The community I spent this weekend with said them all with pride. Contrary to a dangerous and rapidly developing narrative, French Jews are not clambering to leave.

I visited the CJL Nitsa Synagogue, just metres from the Charlie Hebdo offices and where policeman Ahmed Merabet was gunned down. Many in the community heard the shots fired.


Few have felt safe here for years

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2015

Three times in as many years French jihadis have struck against Jewish targets in Western Europe and each have claimed four lives.

In 2012, Mohammed Merah, who had earlier killed three French soldiers, shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse.


To be a Jew here is no longer a statement of pride. For my family, this is the end of history

By Norman Lebrecht, January 15, 2015

Je suis un Juif Francais. There is no tension in that statement. Faith and nation co-exist in perfect harmony. All my life I have said those words without a trace of irony, or regret.


Veil of euphemism around Islam and its bigots must now be lifted

By Alan Johnson, January 15, 2015

In his autobiography, the much-maligned Tony Blair wrote that after 9/11 he thought the problem was only with a small number of crazies who had nothing to do with real Islam. But over time he came to understand that he was mistaken.


Paris attack wasn't about Israel. It was about Jews, as Jews

January 14, 2015

Philippe Braham, Yoann Cohen, Yoav Hattab and Francois-Michel Saada. Four people murdered for no reason other than going about their daily business as Jews.


Ed Miliband: 'We preserve our dearest values'

By Ed Miliband, January 14, 2015

The appalling terrorist attacks in Paris remind us all too clearly of the threat that terrorism poses to our security, our freedom and our way of life.

Yet the defiant response from across the world has revealed a shared determination to maintain our values in the face of this unspeakable evil.